Who we are
Startup Victoria is a not-for-profit organisation that exists to create more founders and better founders. We’re a community of over 15,000, working together to foster a thriving Victorian startup ecosystem.
We work in collaboration with entrepreneurs, industry, community and educational institutions to help accelerate the growth of Victoria’s startup ecosystem.
Building a startup is hard. It requires resilience and determination. If they were easy, everyone would be starting one. Since there aren’t that many of us crazy enough to take on this huge challenge, we need to band together.
Startup Victoria is all about helping you find the other people around you who are fighting the good fight as well.
It’s a place to celebrate your wins, commiserate over struggles and push each other further along the path to success. We all need a support team to help us keep going when times are tough, and startup founders are no different.
Startup Victoria is the place to find resources to guide you and people to inspire you on your startup journey.
We believe in a future where Victoria is home to a world-class startup ecosystem. Melbourne can be one of the world’s best cities to build a startup.
We want to help make that a reality by helping to accelerate the growth of Victoria’s startup ecosystem.
Our board of directors
Scott’s a serial founder who’s been helping to drive Melbourne’s startup ecosystem for many years. Since 2008 he’s been Cofounder and CEO for Eventarc and Attendly, as well as cofounding Startup Victoria, the biggest founder-focused non-profit in the country. He also spent five years as a mentor and member of the investment committee for Angelcube, Melbourne’s first venture accelerator.
Leni’s focus on early stage startups has included seed investment in Hired, 99Designs, Flippa, and Sitepoint. He’s now CEO and founder of Influx. In his “downtime”, Leni is Cofounder and Chairman of Startup Victoria and an Advisory Board Member for the University of Melbourne’s Melbourne Accelerator Program.
Jessica is the director of Sinclair + May, a female-led, boutique commercial law firm based in Melbourne’s inner north. Jessica works extensively with startups, SMEs and social enterprises to ensure they have their legal needs in order. Jessica has previously served on the boards of the Law Institute of Victoria, the College of Law and the North Melbourne Legal Service.
Peter has more than 30 years’ experience as an entrepreneur in the tech industry. He is the CEO of Avalanche Technology Group and a Venture Partner at the Giant Leap Fund, Australia’s first VC fund dedicated to investing into “impact businesses”. He is an active angel investor and startup advisor with over 15 investments in early stage businesses and venture funds. Pete previously founded, owned and was CEO of the APAC business for AVG Technologies, which he exited in 2012.
Morgan is currently the co-founder and CEO of YourGrocer and was previously a co-founder at Thankyou Water (now Thankyou Group). He has received a lot of value from the Startup Vic ecosystem, having met his co-founder at a pitch night. Morgan is extremely passionate about helping existing founders become better founders.
Alan is a serial startup entrepreneur, innovation practitioner and, a strong supporter of the Victorian startup ecosystem. He has organised many community events such as: Startup Leadership Program, Startup Speed Dating (connecting corporates and startups) and Startup Walkabout. Alan has dedicated much of the past 4 years to help create a better startup ecosystem in Victoria.
Judy is Startup Victoria’s CEO. Judy spent the last 4 years growing Australia’s leading innovation firm, Inventium, and prior to that managed the National Innovation Program for Deloitte Australia. Having spent her whole life creating more innovators and better innovators, Judy now spends her time creating more founders and better founders, engaging deeply with Victoria’s startup community and leading the organisation’s new strategic direction to support founders throughout the state.
Mei has over 10 years of experience in conceptualising, planning and managing strategic campaigns within the motorsports, consumer goods, technology, banking, education, retail, aviation and fashion industries. Having held the roles of Community & Events Manager, and then Interim CEO at Startup Victoria, Mei is now on maternity leave and we look forward to her return.
Sid has a Bachelor of Law and Commerce and is passionate about the power of communities to achieve great things when working together. As the Community & Events Manager at Startup Victoria, Sid coordinates our monthly events and community engagement, managing large-scale pitch nights, online communications, and day-to-day operations.
Creative Cubes.Co in Richmond is the proud home of Startup Victoria.
It is a collaborative co-working community and the home of many small, medium and enterprise businesses.
Creative Cubes.Co prides itself on it’s culture and world-class facility, designed to helps it’s community thrive.